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rittespring2015If you wear contact lenses, you already know it’s important to keep your lenses clean to protect your sight and make lens-wearing comfortable.

“But there are some common mistakes many patients make when handling or wearing their lenses that can cause eye infections or other problems,” says Julie Ritter, O.D., a Riemer Eye Center optometrist.

deborah wu m.d.Ophthalmologists specialize in the eyes, and some have additional training and expertise in plastic surgery of the eye area (oculoplastics). Your ophthalmologist may be the perfect physician to perform specialized surgical procedures to improve your vision or cosmetic enhancements to restore a youthful, refreshed look around the eyes.

Sunglasses do more than make you look good – they protect your eyes. But be sure your sunglasses offer the right protection. “Sunglasses should block out at least 99 percent of ultraviolet A and B rays to prevent cataracts,” says Riemer Eye Center optometrist Correen Hayes, O.D.

Most adults in the US spend five or more hours daily looking at computers and digital devices. Add to that a few hours of television, iPhone browsing or video game play, and you have likely experienced what is known as “digital eye strain.”

If you’re diabetic, you have special concerns when it comes to your eyes. A common complication of diabetes is diabetic retinopathy, which affects up to 45 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes.